THIS IS A PRESENTATION MADE AT THE 2014 DR. YOMI FINNIH ANNUAL INTER-ORGANISATION DEBATE.
VENUE: MAIN HALL, CONFERENCE CENTRE, U.I HOTELS, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN.
DATE: FEBRUARY 13, 2014.
DURATION: 3 MINUTES.
TOPIC: GLOBALISATION: THE CRUX OF WORLD VIOLENCE
Between July 28, 1914 and June 28, 1919, the world witnessed a ‘Great War’ – the First World War between all major world powers. It had has casualties over 37 million persons.
Again, between 1939 and 1945, another massive bloodbath ensued in the form of the Second World War. In this war, over 2.5% of the world population was killed: 60 million persons. That is like double the population of Canada.
Ladies and gentlemen, I wish to put it to us that the 97 million casualties of these two great wars would have lived longer to enjoy the company of their family, go to school, get a degree, play with friends, marry and maybe nurture grandchildren, if it were not for global compression and international integration; if these nations had not inter-related and unified so much as to give room for bullying, bloodshed and unnecessary battles.
Greetings. My name is Adebajo Adekunle, and I am here in the ambassadorial capacity of the Quiz club. I will be speaking in defence of the submission that globalisation is the crux of world violence. So, what are my reasons for making this assertion?
Globalisation breeds violence, as it produces inequality, poverty, environmental degradation and unprecedented concentration of economic power in the hands of a few. And in a situation where poverty is king, violence is inevitable. Just as is well summarised in the words of one of the foremost proponents of non-violence in the world, Mahatma Gandhi; ‘poverty is the worst for of violence.’
Another point I would like to raise is the fact the expansion and evolution of globalisation has led to a facilitation of the exportation of aggression. In a situation whereby countries like US, Russia and Germany produce 63% of all the weapons in the world, whereby the arms-industry makes a whopping $411.1bn annually; what else do we expect except violence?
Even if the human race is finally united and peace is reinforced, as long as we have persons who benefit from war, persons who benefit from bloodshed, persons who find pleasure in exporting weapons, violence is sadly inevitable.
In conclusion, I wish to seek validation in the dictum of Lord Robertson. He said ‘globalisation will make our societies more creative and prosperous, but also more vulnerable.’ ‘Vulnerable to what?’ you may want to ask. I say vulnerable to vast, vile, veritable, vicious, venomous and very vexatious violence.